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Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

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Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby charles_i » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:21 pm

I'm sure you are aware that the 57 upgrade in November 2017 no longer supports FEBE. Are there any plans for a version that will be compatible?

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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby cbaker_admin » Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:39 pm

Unfortunately, no. The WebExtensions APIs are simply not capable of supporting the functions FEBE (and most of my other extensions) require. I doubt Mozilla will ever release APIs that allow access to user's bookmarks, passwords, cookies, etc. There is not even a way to write to a users filesystem, so backing up is impossible.
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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby Sun42 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:26 pm

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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby cbaker_admin » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:56 pm

No, I never have asked Mozilla.

From the very beginning, one of the main philosophies of WebExtensions was to "prevent attack vectors for malware". Reading/writing files to a user's filesystem is an obvious way to introduce malware. FEBE not only requires the ability to write backups to the hard disk, it also needs complete access to the user's bookmarks, cookies, passwords, etc. to do its job.

Asking Mozilla for APIs to perform these actions would be, in my opinion, pointless.
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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby Sun42 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:36 pm

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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby cbaker_admin » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:43 pm

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Re: Will you be updating FEBE for Firefox 57

Postby charles_i » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:19 pm

I posted it here and of course they directed me to a discussion about Mozilla's own crummy MozBackup which I abandoned years ago for FEBE because it's so lame (and restoring from it doesn't always work).

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